Year of entry2018
Start dateOctober 2018
Four years part-time
One to three evenings a week
Other entry years for this course2017
Are you a budding journalist keen to acquire practical journalistic skills? Do you want to gain a sophisticated understanding of the rapidly changing fields of journalism and media? During this course, you will combine the academic analysis of media with practical teaching from experienced industry professionals.
This course offers a unique multidisciplinary approach, challenging you to develop an understanding of the political, historical, cultural and social contexts in which journalists operate. This academic emphasis is complemented by solid practical modules, in which you will learn how to write, create and curate across a range of journalistic specialisations, genres and platforms - from the more traditional to the digital.
This is your opportunity to gain an independent, university-level qualification focused on strategic and high-end skills. Not only will you gain practical knowledge of the journalism field, but also the cutting-edge insights needed to build, manage and navigate a career within today's fast-changing media.
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- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
- Acquire up-to-date skills and knowledge from experienced practitioners at the heart of London's global media industry and leading academic researchers in the field, such as Tim Markham, Joel McKim, Scott Rodgers and Justin Schlosberg.
- The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies fosters a research-intensive environment and offers an extensive portfolio of internationally respected courses that span a variety of academic disciplines and engage with the latest ideas and techniques in journalism, media and cultural theory, arts policy and management, film and television studies, creative marketing, digital culture, and East Asian cultural studies.
- The Department is also affiliated with a number of research centres and networks, including Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC), the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image(BIMI), the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology and Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC).
- Attend our dynamic programme of seminars, events and guest lecturers organised by affiliated research centres and networks.
The BA Journalism and Media consists of 12 modules of 30 credits each, for a total of 360 credits.
In Year 1, you take one compulsory module and two core modules.
In Year 2, you take one core module and choose two option modules at Level 5.
In Year 3, you choose three option modules at Level 5 and Level 6.
In Year 4, you choose four further option modules at Level 6 and complete a project, which is either an 8000-word academic dissertation or a high-level piece of practical journalism (e.g. extended feature article, magazine design, mini-documentary), accompanied by a 3000-word critical practice essay.
Year 1 compulsory module
Year 1 core modules
- Introduction to Journalism Practice
- Journalism in British Life
- Media Studies: Key Thinkers and Approaches
Level 5 option modules
- Digital Media Design and Development
- Journalism and Politics
- Journalism: Interview Skills and Feature Writing
- Media, Technology and Culture
- Popular Culture in Japan and East Asia
- Social Media for Creative Practitioners
- The Versatile Journalist
Level 6 option modules
- Advanced Skills in Digital and Networked Communication
- Aliveness and the Arts
- Globalisation and Media Cultures
- Manga and Anime
- Media and Conflict
- Memory and Media
- Principles of Digital Video and Editing
- Principles of Layout and Design
- Professional and Strategic Communications
- Research Methods
- The Mediated City
Project BA Journalism and Media
Please note that the option modules listed above are indicative. With the approval of the Programme Director, options may also be selected from other programmes within the School of Arts and in some cases the College more broadly.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience as presented in your application, and sometimes in an interview.
Alternative entry routes
We welcome applications from students on Access to Higher Education Diplomas. Admission is based on your knowledge as presented in your application, and sometimes in an interview.
Our Certificates of Higher Education in Film and Media Studies, Journalism and Media Practice may lead to exemption from some modules.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)
If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
Fees (2017/8)Part-time home/EU students: £ 6935 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 9750 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.
Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.
Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.
Methods of teaching on this course
Teaching is mainly via small, highly interactive classes, including lectures, seminars, small group work, discussion groups, creative workshops, journalistic simulations, practical media work, guest speakers, field visits and one-to-one tutorials.
Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).
Indicative class size
Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.
Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:
- academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
- written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
- numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.
Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.
Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.
Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.
Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.
Methods of assessment on this course
Academic essays, journalistic writing, audio/visual productions, blogging, mind maps, conceptual representations and digital media projects.
As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.
Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.
Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.
Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in journalism (newspapers and magazines, print, online and digital), public relations and the creative industries. This degree can also provide transferable skills and knowledge to work across a broad range of professional communications roles and settings.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
Go on to work and/or study:
Data from 10 students.
55% of those surveyed responded
Source: Destinations of leavers from HE record
- Go on to work and/or study
- Now working: 60%
- Doing further study: 10%
- Studying and working: 10%
- Unemployed: 10%
- Other: 15%
Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. Please note that online application will open in October 2017.
Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places. Interviews by arrangement, April to August; September if there are vacancies.
Your application must include a clear supporting statement in which you explain why you wish to apply for this programme, alongside any relevant academic, professional or other experience related to journalism or media.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
Discover more about our comprehensive range of student services, which offer all the support and assistance you need.
Boost your career
Discover how Birkbeck's unique evening teaching, coupled with our comprehensive careers and employability services, can help you get ahead in a highly competitive job market.
Fees and payment
With government loans for undergraduate and postgraduate study, fantastic financial support packages and flexible payment options, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
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